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Excoecaria cochinchinensis

Chinese-Croton, Blindness Tree, Buta Buta

Excoecaria cochinchinensis Lour.

ex-coe-CARE-ee-ah  coe-chin-chin-EN-sis

Euphorbiaceae

 

Explanation of name:  Generic name comes from Latin to make blind.  The sap in the eye reportedly causes (temporary?) blindness. Cochin China is an old name for Viet Nam.

 

Natural range:  Old World Tropics.

 

Recognition:   Small shrub with (in the commonly cultivated variegated forms) having the nearly opposite leaves purple on the underside, with the top sides variably variegated.  One popular colorful cultivar is ‘Firestorm’.

 

Landscape uses: Dramatically colorful foliage.  Careful: sap causes eye trouble and skin irritation.

 

Internet sources: http://www.hkflora.com/v2/leaf/euphor_show_plant.php?plantid=1055

http://www.asiaticanursery.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=plants.plantDetail&plant_id=839

http://toptropicals.com/catalog/uid/Excoecaria_cochinchinensis.htm

 

Botanical

English

FL Native

Growth Form

Flowering Season

Typical

Dimensions

Suggested Spacing

Cultural Conditions

Problems

Excoecaria cochinchinensis

Chinese-Croton

Exotic

Shrub

Negligible

To about 3’

2’-3’ (DAV)

SU-PS

ME

(Internet sources as above, PBCC)

Toxic

Sap causes eye trouble and irritates the skin

 

 


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